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- May 28, 2007
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because this program was invented by, taught by, and is overseen by dentists WITH INPUT FROM PHYSICIANS WHO RUN ONE OF THE BEST PA PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY( u.wa). Not similar at all to the dnp movement. They are regulated by the dental board just like pa's are regulated by the medical board. They couldn't expand their practice parameters without the ok from dentists any more than a pa could start doing lap choles without ok from the medical board. The dental board could just say "dentex grads may only work in communities of under 1000 people and may only see those on public assistance" and that's the end of the story.
These folks are not np's. They are more like pa's who are tightly regulated and can do nothing without the explicit ok of the medical board. If i wanted to do laser tattoo removal i would have to get them to sign off on it. If these folks wanted to do crowns or bridges or whatever the dental board would need to sign off. These folks are overseen by dentists and are not independent providers of care. There is oversight in place BY DENTISTS...if they don't like the concept a yr from now they could pull all of their licenses. career done.
my response to a similar claim earlier in this thread ...
In theory, you're right - DNP isn't really controlled by medicine (ironically enough since it's what they want to practice), but the dental techs would probably be under control of the dental boards, through the schools, etc. However, the problem still remains - the dentists, admins of dental schools, etc, will open these programs now for profit and screw it up for people in the future. For example: say a program opens in a certain state because the school saw a way to make a nice little chunk of cash. People enroll, and the state dental board gives these techs (or whatever they're called) a certain sect of rights. They get out, practice, start spewing the anti-dentist attitude (much like the NPs/DNPs do) and the situation essentially becomes no different than the NP/DNP situation despite having a different origin. The school isn't going to shut down the program ... it's making them too much money. The state board isn't going to cut their rights, it would result in a huge lawsuit and by the time this rolled around, they would have probably established a significant lobbying group that would interject at multiple levels.
Unless the rules state that these techs MUST work under a dentist's license (which it won't because they wisely founded themselves upon the mantra that they work where there ARE NO DENTISTS - are you guys seeing the pattern yet), then the end result should really be no different than the issues happening in medicine right now.
Any dentist who cares 1% bout the wellbeing of their future colleagues or wants more than quick cash in the present will stomp this thing to death NOW. The writing is literally smeared on the walls. You can bring up non-sequiturs, argue straw men, etc, but it doesn't change the fact that this is textbook midlevel expansion. I'm not saying it will happen overnight, but don't expect it to be any different from ANYthing else we've seen thus far.